Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gut Health

Thinking about gut health again today.  It is so important for our immune systems (some people say as much as 75%).  I guess it's not that surprising, since digestion is how we assimilate nutrients.  If you're not able to get nutrients properly, how can your immune system function correctly?  I guess the Ayurvedics were right!
( "when diet is wrong, medicine is no use, when diet is correct, medicine is of no need"--Ayurvedic proverb)
 I just happened on a blog that has tons of entries about gut health, I thought I'd pass it along.


Since I added gut health, fermented foods and probiotics to the list of stuff to try if your health is shit, I thought I might add a good site to go to for more info.

If you are interested in that kind of thing, there's also a book you might like called "The Art of Fermentation" by Katz.  I think this book and I will get along famously.  I've been perusing it all week.  Like the above link, Katz isn't afraid to get down and dirty and write about things that are taboo in our culture.  Who (in our culture) would think to use fermented pee to put nitrates back in their depleted soil? And why would that pee be more disgusting than the chemical sludge nitrates we spray on the fields?  It's available and it's free. 
  As a woman that supports cloth diapering and cloth pads for a variety of reasons I find all this a breath of fresh fermented pee...(this is actually a good thing).
  Aside from fermented pee (actually this is just a very small part of the very large book). It gives great ideas for fermenting just about everything from kimchi, juniper berries to beer, kefir and grains.  Just what I needed!
  With all the crap going on in the world (I seriously need to stop reading the news), from unstoppable fracking oil leaks with gag orders being placed on 7 and 10 year old kids, whole neighborhoods being literally swallowed by corporate greed as they fall into salt pits, drones spying on Americans (and being made to look like hummingbirds and moths--see National Geographic), Even fermented pee is enough to make me happy at this point.  Our culture, our world, obviously needs to re-think just about everything, going back to some old ways, and inventing new ones.  I don't think we should leave any stone unturned, even if it smells like ammonia.
  Thank the Goddess, for the few sane people left in this world.
  May this entry find you in good health, if it does not, may it give you a bridge to find it.